About the Fund

The Joan Bisesi Fund for Head and Neck Oncology Research is both a culmination and a beginning: A culmination of Joan’s enduring dream – and the beginning of a community-wide effort to help researchers overcome one of the most virulent forms of cancer.

In the six years since its establishment, Joan’s Fund has raised over $500,000, all because of the tremendous support of those whose lives were touched by Joan, not to mention the many individuals who have since come to know the poignant story of her all-too short life.

As if to underscore the power of Joan’s visionary dream, when this fund was established in November 2001, it was with the commitment of reaching the basic level required for an endowment within five years. Remarkably, this initial goal was achieved in only six months.

With your continued support, Joan’s Fund can continue to raise awareness of head and neck cancer and support research that will save lives.

Giving to Joan's Fund is possible through the Internet with our Online Giving Form.

The Goals of Joan's Fund Could not be More Important:

  • To save lives by increasing awareness of head and neck cancers. This year, more than 50,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a form of head and neck cancer, the most common being squamous cell carcinoma. If detected early, head and neck cancers are highly treatable and the cure rate is good.

  • To raise money to help find a cure. All money donated to Joan’s Fund supports head and neck oncology research at The James.

Each donation makes a difference. Even the smallest amount can be used as seed money to generate even larger grants from national research organizations.


The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu